We are thrilled to announce the title of our summer production, THE LION KING
Please help put more books in D41 kids’ hands by signing up today for the D41 Kids Foundation 2022 raffle!
Not only will you be there for our neighborhood children, you’ll also have the chance to win yourself a custom bookcase and handmade child’s quilt – perfect for budding readers!
The beautiful bookshelf is handmade by our very own Jason Loebach, Vice President of D41 School Board.
The lovely child’s quilt is handmade by Lynn Bruno, President of the D41 Kids Foundation.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child and enter the raffle?
The winning raffle ticket will be pulled on August 6th at the D41 Kids Foundation Summer Musical in Glen Ellyn (location yet to be determined). You do not need to be present to win!
So won’t you please sign up for the raffle today and sponsor 1, 2, or even more children to set them up for a lifetime of success?
We are so excited you’ve decided to register for the D41 Kids Foundation Summer Musical fundraiser.
Don’t be nervous, we are so excited to have you audition and EVERYONE will have a role in our show! We welcome all district 41 students of all grade levels to participate. Graduating 8th graders welcome to register too! Our production will be determined by participants (or cast size) and announced as soon as possible.
Registration Fee of $150 includes t-shirt, cast party and some cast meals.
Auditions will be on a flexible schedule the week of June 6th. (Zoom/Facetime auditions available for anyone who cannot attend that week) We want you to have the best audition you can! If we can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Most rehearsals will be in the afternoons in June and July, but we will have some flexibility with times depending on conflicts and cast size. A rehearsal schedule will be released so you know when your little actor needs to be present. Location to be determined.
As of now, performance dates are the first week of August, such as Aug 4, 5, 6 and 7th
Please contact us if you need financial assistance; scholarships are available.
As the sun sets on 2021, the board of the D41 Kids Foundation looks back on (yet another!) unprecedented year with gratitude for all that we were able to accomplish this past year with the generous help of our donors and supporters during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the beginning of 2021, during a time when we could only meet virtually via Zoom to plan, we curated, created and sold 253 Valentine boxes to community members to raise $2,500 for the Foundation. Each box contained several gift items from local businesses in an effort not only to raise funds for our foundation, but also to support local businesses during the pandemic. Extra appreciation for our partners in this project: Two Hound Red, Marche, Gather & Collect, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, The Glen Ellyn Sweet Shoppe, bench492, Locally Made, Learning Express, House of Graphics, and the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce.
In May, to support the work of the Glen Ellyn District 41 Schools, we established a Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate serving all children from birth through age 4 who live within the District 41 school boundaries. Free personalized, age-appropriate books are mailed to every registered child each month. The program is free to parents and guardians, being funded solely by the D41 Kids Foundation’s generous donors. Since its launch, we have raised $18,614, and registered 343 students for this program, hoping to register another 285 by July of 2022.
Forty-six students have already “graduated” out of the program by turning 5. Extra thanks to The Rotary of Glen Ellyn, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Public Library for their support of this on-going program.
In the fall, we planned, organized and hosted our first annual D41 Kids Golf Outing and Dinner held at Reserve 22 in Glen Ellyn. Twenty-one sponsors, 16 golf foursomes and 81 dinner attendees helped us to raise $7,863 at this outing. A huge thank you to all those who supported this inaugural event with a very special thanks to the band Afternoon Logic (featuring teacher Amy Bishop of Lincoln Elementary) for their amazing musical performance that evening.
Throughout the year, we raised a total of $67,836 in our fundraising endeavors. With those monies, the Foundation was able to provide $24,279 on rental assistance to our most vulnerable families, $5,100 on food cards and other essentials for families in need by partnering with Community Outreach, and $20,130 for our Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate, enough to cover the cost of 689 children for a year.
As we slowly and hopefully emerge out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope to focus even more steadfastly on our Foundation’s mission in 2022,
“To strengthen public education in District 41 through advocacy for and investment in programs that ensure equity and initiatives that enrich and drive sustainable lifelong learning” by continuing to pragmatically and aspirationally answer the educational needs of our children.
We thank you so much for your support in the past year and humbly ask for you to consider a donation to our Foundation as you consider your end-of-year charitable giving.
You can do so by going to https://d41kids.org/Donate/
We look forward to brighter, stronger days ahead.
The Board of the D41 Kids Foundation
D41 Kids planned, organized and hosted our first annual D41 Kids Golf Outing and Dinner held at Reserve 22 in Glen Ellyn. Twenty-one sponsors, 16 golf foursomes and 81 dinner attendees helped us to raise $7,863 at this outing.
A huge thank you to all those who supported this inaugural event with a very special thanks to the band Afternoon Logic (featuring teacher Amy Bishop of Lincoln Elementary) for their amazing musical performance that evening.
Thursday, Sept. 23rd at Village Links
Please join D41Kids Foundation at their first annual golf outing on September 23rd at the Village Links. Golf registration begins at 12:30 with Dinner following at 7PM.
Each golfer will receive range balls, golf, dinner, and two drink tickets.
Hole Sponsorship includes business signage at the hole.
D41 Kids raised $11,124 on the quilt raffle with 412 tickets sold to 135 entrants.
In May, to support the work of the Glen Ellyn District 41 Schools, we established a Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate serving all children from birth through age 4 who live within the District 41 school boundaries. Free personalized, age-appropriate books are mailed to every registered child each month. The program is free to parents and guardians, being funded solely by the D41 Kids Foundation’s generous donors.
Since its launch, we have raised $18,614, and registered 343 students for this program, hoping to register another 285 by July of 2022.
D41 Kids recently launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Please help us fund this endeavor so that all our children can receive the gift of literacy.
For only $27.00, a child receives 12 personalized books a year. That’s right! For the cost of less than 4 lattes at Starbucks, you can gift 12 books to a child! And it’s tax deductible!!!
For a limited time, the D41 Kids Foundation will assign you one raffle ticket for every child you sponsor for the chance to win a gorgeous D41 Kids Foundation Imagination Library Quilt made by Dr. Lynn Bruno! That’s the potential of 2 gifts for $27.00 – 12 books to a child and a warm and cuddly quilt to gift to your favorite child!
As Dolly says, “You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.”
You know it’s true! And for $27 a child, it’s absolutely possible!
Click on the link below to purchase the raffle ticket:
The raffle drawing for the quilt will take place at the inaugural golf fundraiser sponsoring the D41Kids Foundation on Sept. 23 at Village Links.
You need not be present to win.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Dr. Lynn Bruno, Vice Chairperson of D41 Kids Foundation
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
D41 Kids Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a substantial Covid-19 Relief Grant
from the DuPage Foundation, the DuPage County premier philanthropic organization whose
mission it is to raise the quality of life for DuPage County residents by fostering philanthropy,
connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Their very generous
grant of $20,000 to D41 Kids Foundation has ensured that our District 41 most vulnerable
families have remained in their homes with food on the table. The members of the D41 Kids
Board are eternally grateful for the generosity of our community members and the DuPage
Foundation, specifically the JCS Arts, Health, and Education Fund. Their generous support in
our endeavor ensures the safety and well-being of our families during this exceptional public
In early 2018, a concerned group of community members from across District 41 gathered to address the reality that public education and its revenue are increasingly at risk from national and state sources.
In a series of visioning meetings, the group reached out to a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss the issues facing our district, identify existing support systems, and explore the opportunities for a D41-focused foundation.
We collectively identified both a need and desire to create a pathway for those who want to make a greater investment in education, similar to foundations established in Wheaton District 200, Downers Grove District 58 and Naperville District 203.
A small working group then conducted a startup workshop to explore the vision, mission, board structure, and potential names for the foundation. From there, members developed branding materials, drafted by-laws, and established a founding board. After collaborative conversations with both D41 administration and the PEP Foundation board, in June of 2019, D41 Kids Foundation was announced to the District 41 School Board.
D41 Kids Foundation is committed to the belief that every child is worth our investment. Our community values education and the success of our students, no matter where they begin, the challenges they face, or the talents they dream of pursuing. D41 Kids Foundation is committed to providing the support they need to overcome those challenges and chase those dreams.